Join us on 20 March!

Following the cancellation of our upcoming World Down Syndrome day conference in New York and side event in Geneva, we bring you the World Down Syndrome Day @ United Nations 2020 virtual event!

We have a set of fantastic speakers originally due to speak in New York and Geneva.

Many of them are people with Down syndrome or intellectual disability, who have valuable knowledge, insight and experience around the topic of inclusive participation.

We have asked our speakers to produce statements based on their planned talks and we are planning to make these available in video and written formats in time for the original event dates of 20 March 2020.

How to join us

These statements will be available to view in 2 ways:

Facebook watch party

If you would like to watch our videos at the time of the events in a fully interactive way with the ability to comment and have conversations with others, this is the choice for you! Sign up to our World Down Syndrome Day @ United Nations 2020 Virtual Event on Facebook to receive more information and reminders about when to participate.

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Dedicated DSi website event area

We will be launching a new blog section of the Down Syndrome International website dedicated to posts for this virtual event. Here you will find the videos, together with biography information on the speakers and programme information from the events in New York and Geneva. You will be able to comment on posts and get all the information you need here.

WDSD Conference Blog

We are really excited to make a success of this virtual event. DSi, our sponsors, speakers and delegates all regret not being able to take part in New York and Geneva in person. But here is an opportunity to hear from our amazing speakers and all be part of the conversation!

We look forward to connecting with as many of you as possible.

Keep up to date

You can keep up to date with all of the developments for this event on social media:

Facebook WDSD @ United Nations 2020 Virtual Event 

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New York

The event is sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Poland and United Kingdom to the United Nations and by UNICEF.

The event is supported by the International Disability Alliance and Inclusion International.


The 2020 event is sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Brazil and Israel to the United Nations in Geneva, with support from the International Disability Alliance, Association Romande Trisomie 21 and Pôle académique romand trisomie 21.

Why cancel the in person events?

Read cancellation statement

WDSD Conferences

Read about the WDSD Conference and how it came about on our dedicated page – WDSD Conference

You can still watch the recordings from the WDSD Conference 2019 on the event page – WDSD New York 2019

You can still watch the recordings from WDSD Geneva 2019 on the event page – WDSD Geneva 2019